Cutting Edge Issue 2 - Page 39

NAKAYAMA HAKUDO Do not cut. Do not be cut. Step out of the way, and attain a blissful victory. Michinori’s dojo where he trained in swordmanship. After his training, he would go straight from the dojo to work at the ryokan*. On top of his daily busy schedule, Nakayama found time to practice Go, and by the age of 14 had become quite an expert. Nakayama progressed under various teachers until a swordsman called Hosoda Kenzo, from Tokyo, took up residence at the ryokan. Hosoda, had just been transferred to Toyama by The Ministry of Education and was a member of the Yushinkan Dojo, a Shindo Munen Ryu school (a derivative of the Shinkage Ryu) run by Negishi Shingoro. Impressed, Nakayama would talk to Hosoda for hours, listening to his stories and insights into swordsmanship. This left a great impression on Nakayama, and would prove to ultimately shape his entire life. In 1890 Hosoda Kenzo handed his resignation to the Toyama school and returned to Toyko. His departure left Nakayama with many unanswered questions. He dwelt on this dilema, and eventually came to the decision that it was time he moved on. So gaining permission from his family, and employer, he travelled to Tokyo in the pursuit of kenjutsu. Nakayama made his way to Iwasehama, a small port in Toyama Prefecture where he boarded a ship, and via Niigata, arrived in Tokyo. It was whilst on the ship, that Nakayama remembered the words his employer, Takazawa had said to him: “Otsuyoshi, you’ll be a man whom other men will fall in love with.“ These words stuck with Nakayama well into his adulthood*. He arrived in Tokyo in 1891, and armed with a letter of introduction from Hosoda, was successfully admitted into Negishi Shingoro’s Yushinkan at the tender age of eighteen. He trained hard, and at nineteen years old changed his name to Hakudo. Shingoro encouraged him to study other schools, so he experimented with various other ryu, CUTTING EDGE | 37